Sharon Os­bourne’s fa­ther dies at 81

The Herald - - News -

SHARON Os­bourne’s mu­sic mogul fa­ther, Don Ar­den, has died at the age of 81.

The in­fa­mous rock man­ager over­saw the ca­reers of acts like the Small Faces, the Elec­tric Light Orches­tra and Black Sab­bath, fronted by Ozzy Os­bourne.

He was renowned for his vi­o­lent tem­per and was es­tranged from his daugh­ter for 20 years. Os­bourne, 54, fought her fa­ther to man­age her rock-star hus­band.

Ar­den was one of the most prom­i­nent fig­ures in the pop busi­ness of the 1960s and 1970s. He was dubbed the Al Capone of Pop and The English God­fa­ther for his threat­en­ing busi­ness tech­niques.

His meth­ods were al­leged to in­clude beat­ings and kneecap­pings, and he once got his “heav­ies” to dan­gle an en­tre­pre­neur out of a third­storey win­dow by his an­kles for at­tempt­ing to lure away the Small Faces.

X Fac­tor judge Os­bourne was rec­on­ciled with him in 2002, af­ter he de­vel­oped Alzheimer’s dis­ease. The star’s spokesman Gary Far­row said Ar­den died in a nurs­ing home in Los An­ge­les.

Os­bourne re­cently re­vealed in a TV in­ter­view the psy­cho­log­i­cal scars from her fa­ther’s be­hav­iour re­mained with her.

She said: “I was sur­rounded by vi­o­lent peo­ple, vi­o­lent talk, vi­o­lent be­hav­iour, so there was noth­ing un­usual see­ing my dad threat­en­ing some­one, or bran­dish­ing a firearm.

“My fa­ther re­ally had a tem­per. He had a voice which would echo through the en­tire house. He would whack me and used to yank my hair. I wouldn’t say I was abused and beaten. In those days, it was a nor­mal thing.”

US song­writer Ron Miller, whose tunes in­cluded pop clas­sics Touch Me in the Morn­ing and For Once in My Life, has died. He was 74.

Miller died yes­ter­day of car­diac ar­rest at Santa Mon­ica UCLA Med­i­cal Cen­tre. He had em­phy­sema and can­cer.

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